Desperate for action, Abraham Lincoln calls a meeting of the Army of the Potomac’s top brass without General-in-Chief George B. McClellan.
Tag: Radical Republicans
The Power to Send for Persons and Papers
The U.S. Senate approves a measure creating a joint House-Senate military oversight committee whose investigative methods quickly prove controversial.
The 2nd Session of the 37th U.S. Congress
The second session of the first Republican-dominated Congress opened with many intent on destroying slavery as a means to win the war.
An Unparalleled Insolence of Epaulets
Abraham Lincoln calls upon new General-in-Chief George B. McClellan, who refuses to see him. This symbolizes the evolving relationship between Lincoln and McClellan.
Worrying the Administration Into a Battle
The Federal defeat at Ball’s Bluff outrages northerners, sends the Lincolns into mourning, and increases calls for an “all-out war” against the Confederacy.
The Confiscation Act
Abraham Lincoln reluctantly signs a bill into law allowing Federal commanders to seize slaves from people supporting the Confederacy.